Automakers debut key models at LA Auto Show
Twelve years after its launch, Toyota?s youth-oriented Scion brand is having an identity crisis. US sales are down 15 per cent so far this year as buyers wonder what to make of its mishmash of cars, from the tiny iQ to the boxy xB. Enter the iM hatchback. Scion makes a sporty new statement with the low-riding iM, which has 19-inch tires and an edgier grille than siblings like the tC. The iM goes on sale next year and will likely be priced under US$20,000. It?s the first of three new models intended to overhaul the brand in the next three years.
The wagon version of the sporty Golf R is a parent?s dream: It seats five and has the cargo space of a small SUV, but also has a ?race? mode for track driving and accelerates from zero to 50 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It shares the Golf R?s 296-horsepower, 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Golf R Variant goes on sale in Europe this spring before coming to North America. Pricing wasn?t announced, but the Golf R on which it?s based will start at US$37,415.
The Cross Country sits up higher and has bigger wheels that the regular V60 wagon. It will launch with Volvo?s five-cylinder, 250-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive. Later, a four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive version will be available. The Cross Country goes on sale in the US early next year at a starting price of US$41,000. Volvo, suffering from a decade-long slide in sales, also announced a plan to regain US share by redoing all of its vehicles over the next five years.